The Toronto Blue Jays appeared to be running uphill through mud on Monday night against the Boston Red Sox. R.A. Dickey pushed through adversity to give the offense a chance, but Clay Buchholz and Koji Uehara limited the potent lineup to just five hits in the 3-1 loss.
Josh Donaldson provided the only offense for the Toronto Blue Jays, scoring Devon Travis with a double down the left-field line, but otherwise the bats failed to work in unison. Jose Bautista‘s slump at the plate extended as well, with an 0-for-4 night at the plate.
Marco Estrada will take the mound for Toronto on Tuesday and look to maintain his scorching hot pace. His 4-0 record through June lines up well with the Blue Jays’ 18-8 record in the month. Toronto’s offense has dozed off, but their season-long performance suggests they shouldn’t lay dormant for long.
Goins got the start in left field, allowing Chris Colabello to play first with Edwin Encarnacion at DH. The return of Devon Travis could move Goins into a super-utility role across several positions.
After breezing through the first inning on 10 pitches, R.A. Dickey needed 10 pitches to handle
Russell Martin was dinged with his 13th passed ball on the season during inning number two. Gaining comfort with the knuckleball is a year-long undertaking for Martin, but Dickey helped his catcher out with a strikeout on the next pitch.
Dickey found trouble in the next frame, loading the bases with two walks and a single. A double from Xander Bogaerts would push the Boston Red Sox out to a 2-0 lead. Dickey did well to force three straight pop-outs, though, avoiding an inning that could have been much worse.
Josh Donaldson broke the Blue Jays through in the bottom of the sixth, doubling home Devon Travis who had reached on an infield single. Jose Bautista just missed a home run in the next at bat, leaving Toronto with a 3-1 deficit.
The attendance of 27,107 was Toronto’s largest Monday Night crowd since the opener. The Red Sox factor is certainly at play, but the buzz around the Blue Jays is beginning to show up at the box office.
MVJ: Liam Hendriks
Hendriks gets little attention, but his value has been immense thus far. His ability to bridge the gap between the sixth and eighth innings will be a huge asset down the stretch, especially when Roberto Osuna is in need of rest or being stored for a closing situation.